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Rashid Khalikov, veteran UN official from Russia, named to senior humanitarian position

27 November 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Rashid Khalikov, a veteran United Nations humanitarian official from Russia, as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with the Middle East and Central Asia.

Indigenous people need support to reinforce resilience against climate change – UNESCO

27 November 2015 – Building resilience “is deeply rooted in [the] lifestyles and social solidarity” of the more than 400 million indigenous people – from the Samis of northern Europe, Berbers in Morocco to Vanuatu communities in the Pacific – who are feeling the adverse effects of climate change even they contribute little to its causes, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

On Universal Children’s Day, UN says world remains ‘deeply unfair’ place for children

20 November 2015 – Marking Universal Children’s Day, the United Nations today highlighted that the world remains a “deeply unfair” place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, 26 years ago today.

UN Millennium Development Goal target to reduce malaria burden achieved

19 November 2015 – With roughly six weeks left under the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of eight universally-agreed goals adopted in 2000 to rid the world of extreme poverty and disease by 2015 – global leaders, diplomats and health experts are gathering at the UN today in New York to celebrate the progress made against one of the world’s leading killers: malaria.

El Niño on track to be among worst ever, but world better prepared for fallout – UN

16 November 2015 – The current El Niño, a weather pattern of devastating droughts and catastrophic floods that can affect tens of millions of people around the globe, is expected to strengthen further by year's end, on track to be one of the three strongest in 65 years, according to the latest update from the United Nations weather agency.

Millions of children’s lives at stake as El Niño strengthens, UNICEF ‘wake-up call’ report warns

10 November 2015 – As a result of a strengthening El Niño, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is warning that an estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa alone, as the weather phenomenon has left droughts and floods in its wake throughout parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America.

Green Climate Fund approves first eight investments to combat climate change

06 November 2015 – Meeting ahead of the United Nations climate conference in Paris, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board, announced today that it approved $168 million of its funding for projects and programmes worth $624 million, marking the end of its launch phase and kick-starting the flow of climate finance to developing countries.

UN health agency scales up coordination for dramatic effects of powerful El Niño expected worldwide

06 November 2015 – Deeply concerned about potential deaths, illness, malnutrition and psychosocial effects brought by the ongoing El Niño phenomenon, the strongest in nearly two decades, the World Health Organization (WHO) is ramping up its efforts with regional offices and partners to guide countries on El Niño preparedness and timely response to curb its health risks.

Trade slows in Asia-Pacific as economies adjust to lower global growth, says new UN report

02 November 2015 – The regional trade and investment flows in Asia and the Pacific is decelerating as the economies in the region adjust to cyclical and structural changes resulting from the global economic downturn and the expected reduction in China’s growth rate, says a new United Nations report launched today.

Global tourism grew by more than 4 per cent this year, UN tourism barometer shows

30 October 2015 – The number of tourists travelling the world during the first eight months of this year reached 810 million, a more than 4 per cent increase from the same period in 2014, thanks to “robust” travel to Europe, according to the United Nations World Tourism Barometer.